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Fleetlands' Josh Maitland and Paulsgrove's Tony Bichard battle for the ball. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14210-1)
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Paulsgrove blitzed their way to an impressive 5-1 win against visitors Fleetlands in the Hampshire Premier League Cup on Saturday.

The triumph has earned Darren Robson’s side a third-round tie against Overton next month.

However, they had to come from behind to make it through after Danny Jackson had given Fleetlands an early lead.

Harry Griffin and Wayne Harding turned the game on its head.

And they each added a second after Aiden Hatton had made it 3-1.

‘I am delighted with the lads,’ said former Gosport Borough defender Robson.

‘They had a dodgy 10 minutes at the start of the match before going on to dominate.

‘We have talked about our inability to finish teams off and a couple of training sessions later the lads have showed they were listening.

‘They were switched on and progressed in a very important cup competition.

‘What really pleased me was the fact they kept up the pace and never took their foot off the peddle.

‘And that tells me I have a side who want to go on and reach the final.’

A swirling corner from David King was met by Jackson to give Fleetlands the lead after just 10 minutes.

Paulsgrove keeper Aaron Cobb then prevented Jake Alford doubling the advantage before the hosts took control.

The Marsden Road side tore into their visitors with Griffin and Harding netting before the break and three more goals in the second half.

Fleetlands secretary George Mason said: ‘I don’t plan to offer any excuses.

‘The lads had one of those matches they will want to forget and the quicker they start playing as a team again the better.

‘But there it is, to have been beaten so convincingly is hard enough to take.

‘We never looked like having what is required to get back in the match and that from my point of view is unacceptable.’

Paulsgrove: Cobb, Barton, Bichard, Harding, Farley, Warlow, Ledger, Hodge, Jeff, Griffin, Hatton. Subs: Lodge, Crawford, Lewis

Fleetlands: Lovell, McIntyre, King, Snelling, West, Jackson, Alford, Maitland, Wrapson, Dark, Snell. Subs: Denver, Barron, Pavett